Dec 12, 2019

COZY & BRIGHT - Scrapbook Nerd

Hi there!

It is almost here!  and i am yet to do my Christmas shopping!!!  Instead, I have spent time putting some of my Christmas passed memories into pages for my albums.   Today, i want to share this page all about my baby, and his love for the tree and blankets.

A few weeks ago, I purchased the Nuvo Shimmer Powders from Scrapbooknerd, and finally broke them out to use in this page.  It is no secret I love mixed media, so this colors made the perfect background for the page.

I first added a bit of texture paste through a the Poinsettia Pattern stencil from Echo Park, and then used  Cherry Bomb, Red Scarlett and the green powder to add the color on the page.  I finished the background with a bit of gold ink.

while the background dried, i cut papers from both the Merry Little Christmas from Pebbles and Snowflake from Crate Paper to back the pictures of my baby.  Then attached them to the background with  some foam adhesive.

I kept the embellishments very simple, by creating a few clusters of stickers and embellishments from the collections ( plus some FALALA from Crate Paper) around the pictures and in a soft diagonal line on the page.

The last step was to add a title (alphas from Pink Paislee's Ivy  collection) and then a few strips of papers on the sides of the page.   I love how this turned out, and how quickly it came together.  The colors of the powders are just to die for, too.

Remember to stop by Scrapbook Nerd to check all the materials i used in this page, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Dec 11, 2019


Hi there!

not sure about your days, but ours are filled with school, work, and other activities that keeps us on our toes all the times.  That is why sharing daily entries on my December album can be complicated, but creating the entries has been rather easy this year that i have had the chance to mix and match kits, especially those from Citrus Twist Kits.

This time i am documenting our Santa Claus parade tradition, i took lots of pictures of the day, but narrowed them to three.  I started with a large picture of my kids at the parade and decided to create an interactive page to go with it.

I wanted the red sign the one that pops from the page, so i added a small cluster of embellishments from the  Yuletide collection die cuts ( available at CTK shop) and then brought stickers from both December kits to combine them with the interactive page.

I printed one of the exclusive bonus subscriber cards to fit 4.25"x7.5"  ( i used photoshop to manipulate the card) and then glued it to a large tag to create the flip page.  I used the Christmas stories stamp to add the small tab on the center of the card that helps open the page.

I cut a piece of patterned paper (snowflake collection - CTK December Add-on kit) to fit the back of the card, and glued the pictures to it.  Then used embellishments from the Yuletide collection and cut apart elements from the Life Crafted kit to complete the cluster on the page.  To repeat the circle embellishments, i cut the "Joy" embellishment from the CTK Christmas Daily labels sheet to and added to the write up page, then ended the page by stamping the sentiment .

This was super fun and quick to put together using  a mix of kits and goodies from the CTK shop and kits.  Remember to check them all out.

I will come back to show you more of my little December album soon!


Dec 10, 2019


hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a bit of Home for the Holidays inspiration.  I am sure most of you are busy working on documenting your December, and since i am in the Northern hemisphere, that means Winter and snow for Christmas. So, let me show you what i have created...

Under the Mistletoe

I love the colors of the Home for the Holidays collection, and probably the Mistletoe  paper is one of my favorites ( even though i am not a yellow fan!).   But it was the perfect paper to frame the story of our fun adventures with a mistletoe head band.

I wanted a large title to offset the film strip, so i used the Kelly Alpha Die sets ( lowercase and uppercase) to create the title for the layout using papers from the Home for  the Holidays collection.  I cut the same letters from double white cardstock and backed each letter - this makes the small details in the letter die cuts stand out!-.

I backed and layered the film strip with  the Holiday Gifts and Advent  paper.   Each picture got a cluster of embellishments around it, however I chose to add a larger cluster to the left of the top picture so that it balanced the page completely.   The following  video will show you how it all came together:

Just loved how this came together using the colors and patterns from the collection and the die sets.

Though the collection  is perfect to document your Holiday/ December memories, it is so versatile that can easily be used to create memories of your Winter adventures.  Let me show you!

Winter Walk

To create this page, i pulled the cooler colors of the patterned papers and combined them with a bit of mixed media (liquid watercolors) and the Pine Bough Square cut file.

I started by creating a soft edge on the paper strips using the Essentials:  Lacey Edgers Die Set.  The edges bring texture to the page, and add the winter feel to the page.

To bring more of the winter feel to the page, I used liquid watercolors ( Sky Blue, Aquamarine, Bubble Gum, Clementine, Sunshine) to add splashes of color on the background.   Once dried, I set the paper strips in place, and used the Pine Bough Square cut outs to create a large cluster of sprigs  around the picture.  The following video will show you more details of my process:

I love how this layout shows how versatile the Home for the Holidays collection can be, all you need is a bit of Liquid watercolor and one of the  new cut files.

I hope these have inspired you to pull your Home for the Holidays collection and other Pinkfresh Studio goodies ( dies, stamps, cut files and mixed media products) to document your December/Holiday/Winter memories. 
Remember to share with us what you have created, and if you have questions on how these came together, please do not hesitate to contact me!.
Happy Holidays!

Dec 9, 2019

CAPTURED - Freckled Fawn

Hi there!
It is that time of the year when everything is so busy and colorful, but my little heart always goes back to black and white (my favorite color combo ever), so when i got this month's Freckled Fawn kit, i think i squealed a bit!

My first choice is always mixed media, large titles and handstitching... So i played with my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and create an ombre background for my page.   While that set,  i used my Cameo to cut the title from one of the papers and handstiched the letter using matching thread to the one on the background.

I wished the kit came with a collection of these wooden frames.  I wrapped some embroidery thread (coordinating color) around the edges of the frame and glued a picture of our baby behind it. 

The chipboard stickers in the kit are fabulous, so i used a few of them to frame the picture.  I added a few of the past kits god enamel dots so it helps to warm up the page a bit.  Then added my journal line about our beautiful boy under the picture.

To complete the page,  i added two clusters of labels , washi tape and enamel dots at diagonally opposite sides of the page to help balance the page and create a focal point in our page.

Just love how this turned out, and how fun it was to put together.  I am so in love with the Freckled Fawn 6x8 December kit that i am thinking about purchasing a new one!!  remember to check it out.

As always please contact me with any questions about this page!


Dec 5, 2019

Altenew December 2019 Ink Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there!

Welcome to the ALTENEW DECEMBER 2019 INK RELEASE BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY.  You are arriving from Kelly's blog ( a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

If you love stamps and inks as much as i do, then you must understand my excitement for this new release.   The new ink sets -TRANQUILITY, SUGAR PLUM, and FALL HARVEST are high quality inks that can be used for stamping, coloring and mixed media.  I loved them so much that i set to use the three sets in my projects.

I started this page with the Heart Builder Stencil and the Fall Harvest ink set .  A bit of masking tape was used to block the bottom part of the layout, so that heart impression only sets on the top two thirds of the page.

While the background dried completely, i used the Sugar Plum and Tranquility Ink sets , Obsidian Black Pigment ink with the Frilly Petals Stamp and Die set to create all the florals for this page.

To assemble the page, i cluster the florals around the picture of my daughter and mom, and then also added a third cluster of flowers to the left of the page.  Here i used the Across the Pond stamp set to add a sentiment that serves as the title for the page.

I love the color combination, and the soft colors of the flowers.  I had so much fun creating this page, that i decided to use the three ink sets to create a second layout ( one of my favorite projects of the year) .

This time, i decided to block the center  of the layout with masking tape and use the TRANQUILITY ink set  to create a gradient /ombre effect across the center of the page using the inks and a blending brush.

While the inked background set in place, i used the Grateful Heart Stamp set and the Sugar Plums and Fall Harvest ink sets and Black Obsidian inks to create all the florals for the page.   I took my time fussy cutting the images .

To complete this page,  I used the Fancy Greetings stamp set, Gold Pigment ink and Clear transparent embossing powder to create the title and small sentiment for the layout.  The following video will show you how it all came together:

I hope these have inspired you to take a look and try the new Altenew ink sets.  They are a great addition to the Altenew ink collection.  But i think you all are waiting for the best part of the blog hop...                  GIVEAWAY

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/11/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 giftcertificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/14/2019.

That is all for me today, and now you are off to visit Caly Person's blog.  Remember you can always come back here to complete the loop, or the Altenew Card blog to start the loop.   A list of all the participants is available for your convenience:

Nathalie DeSousa << YOU ARE HERE

As always please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions on how this came together.  I cannot wait to see what you create with the new inks!


12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS, Day 4 - JustNick Studio

Hi there,
Nathalie with you today bringing Day 4 of the 12 Days of Giveaways!  I am so excited to be part of this JustNick Studio tradition - I hope you all have been checking the blog to collect your free daily cut file download-.  Today's freebie is the ORNAMENT 3 cut file, and you are going to love how fun and versatile it is!

How fun are those ornaments!  I started this page with a bit of mixed media.  I used Vicki Boutin art crayons to bring some of the green of the Christmas tree to the page.

My idea of creating a cascade of ornaments came from the fun selfie.  For this, i cut the ornaments twice from white cardstock and stacked them together to create dimension on each ornament.
To bring the festive feel of the season, i chose papers from the Pink Paislee Together for Christmas and Pebbles Inc. Merry Little Christmas collection to carefully back each of the ornaments, then attached them to the background using foam adhesive.
All that was left to do was embellish the picture with a few stickers and a shiny title.   Just love those ornaments and i think they will be perfect to document some of your December memories.  And you can download a copy of the Ornaments 3 cut file for free just today - Dec. 5th, 2019
Here is how you get your free copy of the cut file:
Enter the code: ORNAMENT3FREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 5th, 2019 at midnight CST.
No purchase necessary. Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given.The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.
Cannot wait to see what you create with this cut file!

Dec 4, 2019


Hi there!

December Documenting is happening! though i do not do it on a daily basis, i do heavily document my December ( there are a lot of happenings in our family!!!).  This year i am working with a Life Crafted album and lots of supplies from Citrus Twist kits.  I created a few foundation pages ahead of time, but i tend to work as the day happens.  So, here are a few entries from the past few days:

You can find process videos for some of my foundation pages in the CTK youtube channel, but here are finished pages.

For this page, i photographed my tree during the day and night (i created the bokeh effect with a cut out on my lens)and printed the night shot on vellum, so i can layer it on the other tree.

Here are is the b side of this story:

I used the December Life Crafted kit and Add on to create these pages.   AS well as products available at the CTK shop.

This year my main wish was to keep my entries simple and try at best to keep single page layouts... So i pulled the December Add on kit and Life Crafted kit from Citrus Twist kits and a few past kit pieces for this pages:

I layered pieces from the Add on kit and exclusive cards on top of a piece of paper from the Life Crafted kit. 

My hope with keeping single layouts is that i can add more stories to the album without having to reach for a second album. 

The Snowflake collection from Crate Paper pairs nicely with Heidi Swapp's Honey and Spice and i am loving the palette in my album.

The specialty paper of the Snowflake collection is perfect to bring the holiday feeling to the page, plus all the digital files (available for subscribers) is perfect for these pages.

I hope this inspires you to check CITRUS TWIST KITS for all the albums, kits and stamps used here.   Their December kits are probably some of my most favorites to date. 

I will be back soon to show you a few more of my pages.